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The Best Cicely Tyson Movies  

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List of the best Cicely Tyson movies, ranked best to worst with movie trailers when available. Cicely Tyson's highest grossing movies have received a lot of accolades over the years, earning millions upon millions around the world. The order of these top Cicely Tyson movies is decided by how many votes they receive, so only highly rated Cicely Tyson movies will be at the top of the list. Cicely Tyson has been in a lot of films, so people often debate each other over what the greatest Cicely Tyson movie of all time is. If you and a friend are arguing about this then use this list of the most entertaining Cicely Tyson films to end the squabble once and for all.

If you think the best Cicely Tyson role isn't at the top, then upvote it so it has the chance to become number one. The greatest Cicely Tyson performances didn't necessarily come from the best movies, but in most cases they go hand in hand.

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Cicely Tyson, Katherine Helmond, Odetta
The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman is a 1974 television movie directed by John Korty, based on the novel by Ernest J. Gaines. Story of a black woman in the South who was born into slavery in ...more
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Angela Bassett, Cicely Tyson, Afemo Omilami
The Rosa Parks Story is a 2002 American television movie written by Paris Qualles and directed by Julie Dash. Angela Bassett portrays Rosa Parks, and Cicely Tyson a supporting role as her ...more
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Emma Stone, Jessica Chastain, Bryce Dallas Howard
The Help is a 2011 American period drama film directed and written by Tate Taylor, and adapted from Kathryn Stockett's 2009 novel of the same name. Featuring an ensemble cast, the film is about ...more
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Kathy Bates, Mary-Louise Parker, Chris O'Donnell
Fried Green Tomatoes is a 1991 comedy-drama film based on the novel Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe. Directed by Jon Avnet. It tells the story of a Depression-era friendship ...more
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Oprah Winfrey, Robin Givens, Cicely Tyson
The Women of Brewster Place is an American television miniseries that was broadcast on March 19 and 20, 1989 on ABC. The miniseries is based upon the critically acclaimed 1982 novel of the same ...more
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Queen Latifah, Shemar Moore, Cicely Tyson
Mama Flora's Family is a 1998 drama film directed by Peter Werner.
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Tyler Perry, Shemar Moore, Tamara Taylor
Diary of a Mad Black Woman is a 2005 romantic comedy-drama film written by and starring Tyler Perry, which was inspired by the play of the same name. It is Perry's debut feature film, and the ...more
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Don Cheadle, Cicely Tyson, Mekhi Phifer
A Lesson Before Dying is a television film released in 1999 adapted from the Ernest J. Gaines novel of the same title.
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Orson Welles, Cicely Tyson, Will Geer
A Woman Called Moses is a television miniseries based on the life of Harriet Tubman, the escaped African American slave who helped to organize the Underground Railroad, and who led dozens of ...more
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Cicely Tyson, Paul Winfield, Taj Mahal
This is a coming-of-age story of a boy living in the Depression era of the South. "Boy" (Daniel Lee Robertson III) learns the hard way about the realities of being black, poor and ...more
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Blair Underwood, Keke Palmer, Lynn Whitfield
Tyler Perry's Madea's Family Reunion is a 2006 American comedy-drama film directed by Tyler Perry, based on the stage production and a sequel to Diary of a Mad Black Woman. After Madea (Tyler ...more
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Elizabeth Taylor, James Earl Jones, Richard Burton
The Comedians is a 1967 film directed and produced by Peter Glenville, based on the novel of the same name by Graham Greene, who also wrote the screenplay. The stars were Richard Burton, ...more
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Queen Latifah, Tim Roth, Laurence Fishburne
This film is a 1997 drama film written by Chris Brancato and directed by Bill Duke.
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Dwayne Johnson, Janet Jackson, Tyler Perry
Why Did I Get Married Too? is a 2010 American comedy-drama film produced by Lionsgate and Tyler Perry Studios and stars Janet Jackson, Tyler Perry, and Tasha Smith. It is the sequel to Why Did I ...more
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Richard Pryor, Cicely Tyson, George Coe
Bustin' Loose is a film released by Universal Pictures in 1981 starring Richard Pryor as an ex-con who gets a second chance after violating his probation. School teacher Vivian Perry hires him ...more
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Tyler Perry, Rachel Nichols, Matthew Fox
I, Alex Cross is a 2012 mystery thriller film directed by Rob Cohen.
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Paula Patton, Terrence Howard, André 3000
Idlewild is an American musical film, released August 25, 2006, written and directed by Bryan Barber. The film stars André 3000 and Big Boi of the hip hop duo Outkast, and Idlewild ...more
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Elle Fanning, AnnaSophia Robb, Jeff Daniels
Because of Winn-Dixie is a 2005 American family comedy-drama film adapted from the book of the same name by Kate DiCamillo, written by Joan Singleton, produced by Trevor Albert and directed by ...more
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Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All Diane Lane, Donald Sutherland, Cicely Tyson
Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All is a 1994 two part Television film written by Joyce Eliason and based on the 1989 novel by Allan Gurganus. It was directed by Ken Cameron and starred ...more
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Denzel Washington, Cicely Tyson, Jason Bernard
Wilma is a 1977 television movie directed by Bud Greenspan. The story of American track sprinter Wilma Rudolph (Shirley Jo Finney), who overcame physical handicaps to win three gold medals in ...more
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Elizabeth Taylor, Jane Fonda, Ava Gardner
The Blue Bird is a 1976 American/Soviet fantasy film directed by George Cukor. The screenplay by Hugh Whitemore, Alfred Hayes, and Aleksei Kapler is based on L'Oiseau bleu by Maurice ...more
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Edward Furlong, Jack Lemmon, Sissy Spacek
The Grass Harp is a 1995 American comedy-drama film. It is based on the novella by Truman Capote; the screenplay was the final work of Oscar-winning screenwriter Stirling Silliphant. The film ...more
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Jennifer Garner, Erika Eleniak, Cicely Tyson
Aftershock: Earthquake in New York is a 1999 miniseries that was broadcast in the United States on CBS in two parts, with the first part aired on November 14 and the second on November 16. It ...more
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Alain Delon, Robert Wagner, George Kennedy
The Concorde ... Airport '79 is a 1979 American disaster film. The film was the fourth and final installment of the Airport series. Panned by critics, the film also flopped at the box office. ...more
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Farrah Fawcett, Cicely Tyson, Patrick Bergin
Jewel is a 2001 drama film directed by Paul Shapiro.